Be thankful for problems. If they were less difficult, someone else with less ability might have your job.
James A. Lovell
When an airplane is flying on autopilot through clear skies, you don't worry too much about the experience level of the pilot. It's when an engine catches on fire that you want somebody who is prepared and trained to handle the disaster. Or if the pilot isn't trained, let's hope they have a comprehensive How to Handle Disasters recipe book handy.
That also holds true in the database arena. When the database is up and running smoothly, nobody pays too much attention to the database and the DBA. It's when disaster strikes that companies are thankful they've invested in a DBA who has ...